This just completed study was performed by a ship pilot with 26 years of experience with over 5,000 vessel movements in Alaska. The study evaluated Prince William Sound and Cook Inlet Ports for the potential of operating large Liquefied Natural Gas (LLNG) tankers. It also evaluated tides, ice, wind, dredging requirements, the increased size of LNG tankers as well as existing infrastructure required to safely support operation of the largest LNG tankers in the world.The study notes that “the Port of Valdez has already proven that it is a world-class oil export facility with the infrastructure in place to export large volumes of North Slope gas in the form of LNG from Alaska.” The Study concluded that “Valdez is the port of preference for the export of Alaska LNG using large LNG tankers since it is an ice free, deep water port, closest to existing infrastructure.”
Port Authority spokesperson Bill Walker commented that this result is the same reason the Port of Valdez was selected for the export of oil in the late 1960’s. Port Valdez was also selected by El Paso Natural Gas for it LNG port choice as the initial prospective developer of an All Alaska gasline in the late 1970s. The founders of the Yukon Pacific Corporation, the late Governors Bill Egan and Wally Hickel, also selected Port Valdez and were successful in obtaining the numerous federal and state senior environmental and regulatory permits for the gasline to Valdez as well as an export license for LNG from Anderson Bay in Port Valdez.